Farmers ask premier for CSG help

NSW FARMERS have signalled their deep concern over the direction of the NSW Government's coal and coal seam gas mining policy by calling on Premier Barry O'Farrell to intervene with the minister in charge, Brad Hazzard.

The urgency motion was passed unanimously by hundreds of farmers attending the NSW Farmers annual conference in Sydney, and follows reports that proposed water protection rules would not be binding on most mining and gas developments.

A statement released yesterday by the NSW Farmers Association said the government appeared to be "listening to the wishes of miners more than farmers" and "making a mess of implementing the policy".

Farmers said the government "had effectively ignored more than 1500 submissions on the policy from concerned citizens across the state".

Under the proposed new land-use policy, the NSW Government has not earmarked any farm land to be excluded from mining or coal seam gas activities.

NSW Farmers president Fiona Simson said farmers wanted protection against invasive exploration.

"Unfortunately, it doesn't look like parts of the government are listening to voters and this is why our members have called on the premier to intervene," she said. "It is crucial for NSW to get the framework right so we don't end up like Queensland."



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